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The top stories from MCC
Welcome to 2024! Let’s take time to reflect on the incredible stories supporters like you made possible. Here are five of the most-read stories of 2023:
“One of the central tenets of the Christian faith is to love both our neighbour and our enemy. But how? That is the question the characters in Women Talking wrestle with. It is also the question I face. How do we love ourselves, our neighbours and God, even in the face of incredible harm?”
MCC recently asked Palestinian Christians what they want Christians from around the world to know about Palestine and Israel, in light of the siege of Gaza.
Damaged infrastructure around Ukraine leaves people without power for hours every day. School programs for kids were put on hold for months, their classrooms turned into shelters. Families were forced to pick up their lives in an instant, leaving everything behind. And despite it all, life carries on.
When the Feb. 6 earthquakes struck in Syria, MCC began to work with long-term partners in Aleppo and surrounding areas to meet urgent needs. Local partners have since opened shelter centers in churches and community buildings and provided emergency food, shelter, hygiene, sanitation supplies and trauma counselling.
In the midst of increased violence and devastation in Gaza, MCC-partner Al-Najd Developmental Forum (Al-Najd), is focusing its energy on how they can best aid their neighbors. Despite the incredible danger around them, Al-Najd has distributed bedding and emergency food rations to more than 230 families.
Your giving trends in 2023
#1 Syria earthquake response
#2 Ukraine conflict response
#3 Drilling wells in DR Congo
#4 Gaza crisis response
#5 Clean energy projects in Zimbabwe
That’s a wrap for 2023!
Thank you for joining us in 2024 as we continue to share God’s love and compassion for all through relief, development and peace.
Grace and peace,
Michelle Armster, Executive Director MCC Central States